Category Archives: Community

Latest Published Article – Using social-media platforms: A guide to the VMware community

Using social-media platforms: A guide to the VMware community 2/1/2011 Are you taking full advantage of social media to help you excel as a VMware administrator?  By reading this blog, you’ve obviously taking some advantages, but there may be more you’re overlooking.

Kansas City VMUG Plans

As I sit down to really dig into building labs for the upcoming Regional VMUG in Kansas City, I realize that I haven’t even mentioned it once on my blog.  I guess it is close enough now that I can spill some beans as to what we have in store. Similar to what we did …

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The Neuroblastoma Cookbook Contest

I was recently contacted by a good friend of mine (some of you may even know her) whose son went through treatment for Neuroblastoma a couple of years ago.  It’s a nerve-racking form of cancer that primarily affects infants and toddlers. I won’t go into all the details of the disease, since you can read more …

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My New Writing Career

Obviously there has been a lack of posts lately.  For that I apologize. The main reason I haven’t been blogging much lately is that I’ve been doing a lot of freelance writing.  I realized I haven’t been talking about these articles much on my blog, so I figured now was as good a time as …

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F.U.D. – Fun, Underhanded and Dirty

Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt, or F.U.D., is a term I seem to have really come to use a lot lately.  It’s a marketing approach that seems to transcend industries. You see it in politics as one candidate tries to undermine his/her opponents (in politics it’s usually called mud-slinging), in the battles between the cable/Internet/phone providers (here in Omaha it’s between …

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VMUG Summary

All our hard work seems to have paid off.  Based on the conversations and survey results  we’ve received I think everything went very well. Labs The labs were a huge success and for the most part went off without a hitch.  There were some issues with the SRM labs that lead me to believe that SRM doesn’t …

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VMUG Is This Week!

This week is the culmination of months of work for me and the many others that have been working to get the next Omaha-Area VMUG event ready for an AMAZING time!  Everything is on track and the finishing touches are going on right now.  Last I heard we’ll have close to 200 people registered!  If …

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Setting up SRM on CX4-120

One of the labs we’re creating for the upcoming Omaha-Area VMUG is SRM.  It is posing some interesting challenges.  The biggest challenge is figuring out how to best provide a lab to 15 pairs of people without creating 30 sites.  We will cut some corners on that issue by having the instructor perform some of the core tasks like pairing sites …

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First Impressions of Performance on Enterprise Flash Drives

After about one week of playing with the lab gear EMC has loaned us to use for the upcoming VMUG, I’m ready to share my first impressions. First off, let me say that these drives deliver on the promise the SSD drives offer.  They are FAST. Generally, I’m seeing an XP template deploy in ~2 min (template is a …

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VMUG Lab Storage

I wanted to start my series of blog posts about the Omaha-Area VMUG lab infrastructure with the base of the infrastructure (or any virtual infrastructure): the storage. We were lucky enough to work out a deal with EMC to let us borrow a couple of Clariion arrays. Specifically they are CX4-120 arrays.  Not that impressive you say?  What if I …

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